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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Oct 5, 2009 7:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Bay Area Jerry '78

Apologies if this has been covered previously but I just received my copy of the new Pure Jerry (9) release and I think it simply PHENOMENAL.

Blows away just about any of the recent Rhino releases in terms of rarely circulated material (to the best of my knowledge) and the performances are just amazing.

Might have the best "Catfish John" I've ever heard...other standouts are a seriously rocking "Tore Up", better-than-normal versions of "The Way You Do the Things You do", "Mystery Train" and "Gomorrah", and despite Jerry muffing the opening lyrics to "Don't Let Go", a pretty incredible jam section with a total running time of almost 30 minutes.

Anyone else impressed w/this release?

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 5, 2009 7:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bay Area Jerry '78

Haven't got that, but have some shows from around that time and place...that was a great year for him in the Bay Area. I assume Keystone is one of the featured venues--thought I read that to be the case? Is Dear Prudence on it? There is a version of that from 78 or 79 in the BArea that was just amazing!

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Oct 5, 2009 7:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bay Area Jerry '78

would love to have had a "Prudence", but no...the track listings are deceptive b/c it's a lot of the stuff you've seen on other releases...but the versions themselves are just so damn good!

DISC ONE

1. Mystery Train (2/18/78, Veterans Memorial Auditorium)
2. Catfish John (2/18/78, Veterans Memorial Auditorium)
3. I Second That Emotion (2/19/78, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium)
4. Mission In The Rain (2/19/78, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium)
5. Don't Let Go (2/19/78, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium)

DISC TWO

1. Tore Up Over You (6/10/78, Keystone Berkeley)
2. Simple Twist Of Fate (2/19/78, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium)
3. The Way You Do The Things You Do (2/19/78, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium)
4. Let Me Roll It (6/18/78, Keystone Palo Alto)
5. Gomorrah (6/18/78, Keystone Palo Alto)
6. I'll Be With Thee (6/18/78, Keystone Palo Alto)
7. Lonesome And A Long Way From Home (2/18/78, Veterans Memorial Auditorium)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 5, 2009 8:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bay Area Jerry '78

Thanks--hmmm, only one from KS Berk, and many more from KS PAlto (never went to that one...the DP was from KS Berk, I recall). Didn't really know about the SCruz shows either...They (ie, all their side groups, like Kingfish) did play some small places. Bob and Kingfish played a tiny little bar in the East Bay in 75 during which Bob spit on me a number of times (you could stand directly in front of them on stage--they were barely 10" off the ground). Kingfish was really great in 75 & 76...never saw Jerry in such a small venue though.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Oct 5, 2009 8:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bay Area Jerry '78

you sold me

downloading it now from parts unknown :)

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Oct 5, 2009 8:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bay Area Jerry '78

you won't regret it...I've had that "Catfish John" in super-heavy rotation!!

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Oct 5, 2009 8:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bay Area Jerry '78

sweet :) one of my favorite JGB tunes! the DLG sounds pretty enticing as well (though screwing up the lyrics to THAT song is like messing up while singing Happy Birthday - lol)

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Oct 5, 2009 8:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bay Area Jerry '78

That's so true. (Then again he did the same thing with "Fire on the Mt." all those years and lyrics to that tune are like falling off a log)....When I first started listening I was like "Jeez, Jer, there's like 3 verses in the whole song and they're all pretty damn easy--plus you're screwing up right out the gate?" ...and I was pretty annoyed that they chose this version...but then it became pretty clear that the Jam section is what it's really about....very nice.

Also, I neglected to mention that the "Mission" is killer--and no screw ups on the lyrics there.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Oct 5, 2009 8:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bay Area Jerry '78

"...but then it became pretty clear that the Jam section is what it's really about..."


truer words.....

:)

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Poster: Hal R Date: Oct 7, 2009 10:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bay Area Jerry '78

I'm impressed too. Really enjoying this one. Glad that some Jerry is seeing the light of day again. It's about time.